When I was seven years old I went through a geologist phase. I obsessed over rocks, collected pebbles, and begged my parents for a rock-tumbler...remember those? A quick google-search just informed me that you can still buy one for about the same price as 20 years ago.
I recently had the opportunity to revisit my geology craze with an illustration assignment for Washington Trails Magazine. The assignment was to create two double-page spreads of prominent geology features found in Washington state. The first illustration needed 12 glacial features including moraines, a tarn, cirque, and arete. The second required 12 volcanic features including caldera, cinder cones, lava tube...
Sometimes my illustration process flows as smooth as a glacier...or in this case the glacier illustration. After reading a description of the illustration need I created a couple drafts (1), the editor responded with some edits (2), I made the changes (3), the draft was approved, and I moved on to rendering the final piece (4).
But occasionally in science and nature illustration the subject requires a bit more interaction between me and the expert as was the case with this volcanic features illustration. My wonderfully patient editor, Eli, and I went back and forth many times to get the layout, accuracy, colors, etc... just right.
Look for these illustrations and the accompanying article in the newest July/August issue of Washington Trails Magazine!
Web & Moss Studio
The science illustration studio of Lindsay Holladay